Four executives of AIJ Investment Advisors have been arrested in an alleged fraud relating to missing pension fund money.
Recently released year-end results show assets under management for Japanese asset managers were down 12% in the year ended March 31, as Gavin Blair reports
CANADA/JAPAN - The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Global Logistic Properties (GLP) have formed a joint venture to invest in the country's logistics network.
JAPAN - Japan's public pension fund scraped a small return on its investments in the second quarter after its assets fell by $33bn, its latest report shows.
JAPAN - The implementation of new accounting rules that would have forced companies to book pension fund shortfalls as liabilities on their balance sheets is to be postponed, according to reports.
JAPAN - Credit rating agency Moody's has downgraded Japan's sovereign debt rating by one notch, saying weak political leadership has hampered growth.
JAPAN - Mercer is considering launching its implemented consulting service in the Japanese institutional market.
JAPAN - Japan's corporate pension funds have twice as much money entrusted to pooled accounts run by life companies and trust banks as they have under mandates awarded to asset managers, research shows.
JAPAN - Chuo Mitsui Asset Trust and Banking has emerged as the Government Pension Investment Fund's (GPIF) largest external manager over the past year, while AXA Rosenberg has disappeared from the list.
JAPAN - UK hedge fund manager Quality Capital Management (QCM) has opened an office in Tokyo as part of plans to grow its Asia Pacific business.
GP speaks to global asset managers about where they see opportunities arising from the recovery.
ASIA - Fidelity International has promoted Judy Marlinski to president of the Japan business and scooped the former CEO of BGI's Asia business for a new managing director of Asia ex-Japan role.
JAPAN - Japanese pension funds plan to increase investments in alternative assets and pare their holdings of domestic bonds and stocks this fiscal year to diversify portfolios and bolster returns, a survey showed.
Japanese asset managers and pension funds share their experiences dealing with one of Japan's most severe natural disasters. Gavin Blair and Raquel Pichardo-Allison report
JAPAN - Japan should not tap funds said aside for pension payments to fund disaster relief efforts, economics minister Kaoru Yosano has said.
JAPAN - Investors in Japan should look beyond the short-term impact of the crisis as the country will recover quickly due to its large foreign reserves, said Mark Mobius.
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EUROPE/JAPAN - Major European indices suffered triple-digit losses on Tuesday after a third explosion at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant raised fresh radiation fears and sparked a 1,000-point plunge on the Nikkei 225.
JAPAN - Nomura predicts the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan will cut between 0.5% and 1% off the country's GDP next quarter.
SOUTH KOREA/JAPAN/BRAZIL - South Korea's National Pension Service and Posco, the world's third-biggest steelmaker, will buy a combined 15% stake in a Brazilian niobium producer with a group of Japanese companies.
JAPAN - The Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) returned 0.62% in the third quarter of the fiscal year, down from 1.62% the previous quarter.
JAPAN - Japan's public pension fund, the world's largest, said it may become a net seller of bonds to cover payments in the world's most rapidly ageing society.
GLOBAL - China has eclipsed Japan as the world's second largest economy after posting GDP figures of $5.8trn for 2010, beating Japan's $5.474trn.
Japan's occupational pensions are straining under the pressure to provide pensions for its rapidly ageing population, as Gavin Blair reports